I have tried holding him off and keeping him entertained, but nothing works! He screams! I also go to school one night a week and feed before I go and when I get home, but DH cannot get him quiet while I'm gone (4hrs) w/o feeding him about 6oz (sometimes more) in small feeds during that time... (he is 16.5 lbs 27.5in at 19.5wks)
Any ideas on how to change his eating patterns?TIAShawna w/Zachary 11/17/02
if he has reflux, most bf experts would suggest to you to allow him to feed in the smaller amounts more often, (this is what is recommended) because it is easier on the baby. Would encourage you to hold off on trying to stretch him out any further just yet, to allow his system to mature and hopefully get past the reflux.
Remember, too, that breastmilk digests in about 90 min, and some babies just need to nurse more frequently for a longer time (i.e. some 8 month olds for example, still nurse on average about every 2 or so hrs). Since he is giving you good sleep at night, IMHO, he's doing what he needs to to get enough milk for optimal growth and development.
He may seem fine with the reflux now but I'm betting part of why he is fine is b/c he has learned how to adjust his eating pattern to make himself feel ok.
I think it's also important to note that he sleeps a very long stretch at night and needs to make up for the feedings during the day.
I'm sorry this probably isn't the answer you're looking for, JMHO.